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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared | [Jonas Jonasson]

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his one-hundredth birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police.
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Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his 100th birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police. As his escapades unfold, Allan's earlier life is revealed, and we discover that he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the 20th century.

This ‘imaginative, laugh-out-loud bestseller’ (Daily Telegraph) has sold more than two million printed copies.

©2009 Jonas Jonasson (P)2012 Strathmore Publishing Ltd

What the Critics Say

“Like Forrest Gump, Allan is an innocent with the knack of being in the right place at the right time. He has had a hand in everything from the Russian revolution to Reagan's Star Wars. Like Allan, the plot is pleasingly nimble and the book's endearing charm offers a happy alternative to the more familiar Nordic noir.” (The Guardian)

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  • Neville
    Swansea, United Kingdom
    2/3/13
    Overall
    "Very Good Audio Book"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book, funny, sad in places, Ironic sometimes. All in all a superbly written book, I was hooked from the first chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked
    England
    1/27/13
    Overall
    "Enchanting"

    This story takes you on a journey that will stay with you forever. It is truly enchanting. The adventures of this incredible centenarian, and the friends he meets on his way, will carry you along with him.

    Beautifully narrated, so easy to listen to, so difficult to switch off. I was intrigued by this man, yet slightly confused in the early chapters. It was only as the story gathered pace, that I began to fully appreciate the life that Alan had lead, and how that had brought him to this point on his 100th birthday.

    Brilliant book and highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom
    1/10/13
    Overall
    "Well worth a listen."

    Whimsical tale about an old man, who on his 100th birthday decides to run away from his nursing home. The tale chronicles both the amazing things that happen after he runs away and his bizzarre life story which is told in flashback.

    This book is warm hearted and funny in places. It is however not at the top of the class in this genre, it falls down when you compare it to the likes of Tom Sharpe

    I gave it four out of five, it really is worth giving this one a go..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terrence Robinson
    U.K.
    12/24/12
    Overall
    "Quirky"

    I bought this book mainly because of the quirky title and was not disappointed.

    The story line follows the wild ride of the centiginarian main character as he meanders through his final adventure. Throughout the tale we gradualy learn of his extremely interesting off-the-wall life, making friends with the great and good and crossing paths with some evil villians on the way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca
    Kings Lynn, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
    Overall
    "Quirky and captivating!"

    I bought this on a bit of a whim on account of the interesting title. This turned out to be one of those lucky gambles as it hooked my attention from the first chapter. It reads almost like a modern day fable and has characters that I found myself genuinely rooting for. I should also mention that it made me laugh out loud in places! If I live to be one hundred, I can only hope my life will be a fraction as interesting!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L. Nix
    yorkshire
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "Quirky little book"

    I really enjoyed listening to this story and couldn't wait for the next chapter. The humour is typically Swedish with some very distinguished characters building up a picture of the 100 year old mans life. I will be looking for other titles by Jonas Jonasson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr.
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "Intelligent and laugh out loud funny"

    One of the funniest books I have read in recent memory.

    Intelligent humour and the narrators voice only added to it.

    The historical contexts described in this book are entertaining and very realistic. Written in such a way that one could almost imagine Alan in the situation described.

    If you need cheering up after reading some dark disturbing Scandinavian crime fiction, this is the book to go for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr.
    Bradford, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "Highly recommended!"

    This audiobook is one of my most recommended recent listens. The story unfolds slowly but becomes increasingly colourful and interesting. You really get to into all the characters and their fascinating stories. I had to listen at every opportunity to find out what happened next. I was very sad when I reached the end and have yet to find another book that engrosses me as much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pauline
    Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland
    12/6/12
    Overall
    "Imagination is Everything"

    A good story, only someone who has a fantastic imagination as well as an historical bent could have come up with this old man's saga. Well researched as far as history is concerned but with a great sense of humour and panache.

    Wouldn't one love to have this old man's spunk and sense of adventure...onward to my 100th and who knows what will happen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dean
    Dereham, United Kingdom
    11/25/12
    Overall
    "Fabulous"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone. A quirky, comedy that I couldn't stop listening to. So disappointed when I came to the end. Looking forward to his next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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